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Tsarina Esra - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 34
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnnybravo on 02-11-2008

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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by crnipeter:
Photo of crnipeter
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-07-2011 so roughly a year old by now. Apparently opaque very dark brown body with ruby hue gets crowned by thick persistent tan head that never entirely goes away and weaves firm sheets of lace on the sides.

Pleasant aroma that's not overly complex exhibits pronounced darker malt chocolate quality and shows some esters of dark fruits and currant.

Initial sweet flavor with chocolate-caramel qualities is overrun by dark malts that last through the relatively dry finish, yielding coffee-like roastiness and liquorice notes. Alcohol is noticeably warming yet remains restrained gently wrapping itself around the tongue.

Substantial carbonation makes the full body mouth-filling and seemingly lighter than actually is. I was pleasantly surprised by excellent mouthfeel and appearance provided by Esra. Obviously De Molen has/had serious quality control issues as their Hel & Verdoemenis was a sink-job due to complete absence of carbonation.

So, the tsar has fallen but tsarina still holds the throne. (330 ml, into tulip)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05/04/12.Pours a deep dark cola color with a creamy half finger beige head atop.Aromas of dark roast coffee,raisin/prune,and earth with the alcohol being big but not in ur face.Wow alot going on flavor wise with dark fruit and dark roast intertwined with big earthy tones giving a great drying lager-like finish.This is a great Baltic porter with just enough sweetness and just enough drying earthiness,top notch.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

Bottle number 640 of 823. Bottled 1/11/2007. The beer pours dark brown to black with a very small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, teriyaki and soy sauce. The flavor is more of the same with roasted malt, teriyaki and some light smoke. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

De Molen Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter served in a small snifter.

Completely opaque body is covered by an excellent head.

Aroma: rich, sweet and complex, with a load of dark fruits and other elements I could not untangle.

Flavor: starts too sweet then turns more and more bitter -- way more change in this dimension than usual.

Feel: Creamy smooth; very soft; alcohol is almost completely hidden.

O: extraordinary. My admiration exceeded my considerable enjoyment.

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. These statically-labeled offerings from this Mikkeller-esque brewery keep on coming hard and fast to we beer lovers here in Albertastan.

This beer pours a very thorough black, with dark reddish brown hued basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of roller coaster profile lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of dry chalky cocoa powder, sour black fruit, soft anise, dark sugar, musty earthy, leafy hops, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is a big shot of semi-sweet baker's chocolate, caramel malt, fruity molasses, a slight milky sourness, mild coffee grounds, more distinctive plump raisins, and a fading earthy mustiness.

The carbonation is quit sedate, and unobtrusive, the body a decent medium-full weight, and rather smooth, with strong creamy leanings. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate and caramel still most prominent, as the fruit, hops, and alcohol pick and prod away in a slow, barely erosive process.

A rather pleasant porter overall, the chocolate dialed up, the sourness dialed down, and the alcohol somehow off in another dimension, or something. Lots of flavour to go around, and really nothing to keep you from enjoying this like I would imagine the titular Russian empress would.

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tremendous beer, bottle number 75. Challenger hops, and saaz for aroma. Sent from Holland, fresh. Left it for about 24 hours, yet it kept foaming over, foam eventually almost disappeared,still tasted carbonated. Jet black.Aroma of cocoa and licorice. First maltiness, then the hop bitterness comes at you and builds up over (several) glasses. 92 IBU, an outstanding effort for its class-I would take this over many great imperial stouts.

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tiny 18cl red wax topped bottle into a couple of snifters. Mucho thanks to Stakem for splitting this little guy with me. Bottle # 0046/1344.

Pours black with a mocha colored head. This retains with a thin ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a light cascade of spotty foam. The aroma smells of coffee, cocoa, and some light herbal hops. The alcohol mixes in a bit of spicy warmth as well.

The taste is a blend of coffee, chocolate, green citrus, and some more of an herbal hop character that emerges as well. Brunt roast fills out the back, sticking to the tongue along with some leftover pine and lingering spicy alcohol. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a moderate amount of sharpness to the carbonation, giving this a firm creaminess across the back of the palate. The high alcohol presence, while not being overly hot, does start to wear on the palate a bit despite the short pour here.

This was a solid Imperial style Baltic Porter that definitely had some strength behind it but the flavors here never did quite get as deep or robust as they felt like they wanted to. The alcohol also got to be a little bit intrusive here as well. This was certainly good but ultimately didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle, stamp on back label says 05/04/12. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some milk chocolate and a bit of an earthy/herbal flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick, and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, but also pricey at $8.99 a bottle. With that being said, it's definitely worth trying.

Photo of stx00lax
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, bottle number 3! cool

A- dark brown pour with a light brown head that fades pretty fast. carbonation looks pretty minimal

S-smoked malts dominate. raisins, molasses and ripe plums as it warms.

T- This was the highlight for me. Vinous notes blended with light smoke, bitter roast balance pretty well. Maybe a tad on the sweet side. But i like sweet. Good complexity

M- medium viscosity coats the mouth pretty well and leaves a decent overall impression. I wish it had a touch more carbonation though, it was pretty flat which ultimately hurt its drinkability.

O- great flavor profile with good complexity. Im not sure what the intention was with the carbonation, but if it had more, this would have been solid.

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to johnnybravo for sending this over from the Netherlands.

A vigorous pour leaves only the most pitiful of bubbles. Given a minute, the beer is completely still looking. Relatively thick dark, dark brown/black body.

Dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco in the smell.

Molasses, chocolate and funky dark fruits in the flavor. Vinous. Tar (in a good way) and tobacco. Herbs. Espresso. Definitely complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick with virtually no carbonation. Oily. Slightly alcoholic.

A very interesting, and altogether quite tasty, beer. This one really doesn't fit any one style perfectly. Probably best not to go in expecting a traditional Baltic Porter.

Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Back label says 05/04/12

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam.

S- Sweet, alcoholic aroma of dark roasted malt, caramel and molasses.

T- The sweetness continues with an almost brandy-like quality due to the high alcohol content. So smooth though as multiple sips are taken easily. The dark roasted malt brings notes of coffee, dark chocolate and even some raisin. A hint of oxidation actually complements the other flavors.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I feel like this was the perfect time to crack this one. Aged over 2 and a half years, it's snowing outside and I just got off work, so the warmth of the booze plus the tastiness really hits the spot. Cheers.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arne. Opaque viscous black with a thin brown crust. Black licorice aroma is prominent, and there's a faint charred undertone along with a bit of molasses sweetness. Palate is very viscous, and the flavors mirror the aroma pretty closely, with strong black licorice flavors, molasses, earthy bitter hops, brown sugar cookies and a touch of alcohol. Really nice stuff, this brewery continues to impress me.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on sep´12. Dark mahogany color & tan headed. Lasting thin layer is left on top. To the nose roasted malt & fudge chocolate aromas, floral fragrances & spiced touches. Creamy & sweet malty sensation. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily & dense. Herbal & bitter cocoa in the middle. Sligthly sugary aftertaste. Incredible well hidden ABV!!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2009 - Drank 2010.

A - Deep brown, not quite black. Small creamy beige head, that settles pretty fast with a bit of lacing left.

S - A lot of dark roasted malts and barley. A good amount of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, and some dark fruit. Also a bit of molasses and brown sugar.

T - A lot of those dark, roasted malts are the initial flavor and provides a base for the drink. Some bitter roasted taste, chocolate, and coffee then come in, along with a bit of tobacco. Then dark fruit starts to make a greater presences (raisin and date) along with some molasses. Starts bitter and then eases into a bit more sweeter taste. Alcohol taste is present throughout.

M - Medium to full body that is creamy and a bit chewy. Low carbonation. Also fairly slick.

D - Strong flavors, high ABV, and low carbonation don't help the drinkability. I wouldn't mind drinking one at another time, but definitely not more than one in a night.

Notes: Pretty nice porter, with some strong flavors that evolve through drinking it.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the beer store at Brouwerij De Molen. Bottled 05/04/12. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a one finger beige head with good retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by dark fruit and brown bread along with hints of toffee, butterscotch, and coffee. The taste follows suit with huge brown bread, raisins, and dates, along with hints of molasses, licorice, subtle chocolate, booze, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a sweet, boozey finish. Overall, this is a little too sweet for my tastes and really lacks any kind of roast. More like a Barley Wine for me than a Porter. I remember having this on tap several years ago at ACBF and really liking it, but this was a bit disappointing...

Photo of Absumaster
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin beige head that only leaves a small layer on the side of the glass. The carbonation is very low.

The smell is full of chocolate with only a slight roasted edge. There is a hint of smoke and maybe some traces of vanilla and hoppiness.

The taste is a balanced between the dark malts and the alcohol and bitterness. The dark malts offer a dark chocolate and coffee taste, the alcohol is not upfront, but it gives the beer a warming sensation and a big mouthfeel. The bitterness is 93 EBU according to the label, but never mouthpuckering bitter. As said, the beer is very balanced. The high density of the beer gives it a bit of a sticky mouthfeel, but this is very well crafted with only malts.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle, forgot to check dates

A- Near black colour. Huge light brown head, looks really dense and it shows very nice retention

S- In just three words: roasted milk chocolate

T- A hint of roasted malts upfront, then caramel among a very sweet lactic feel that reminds of a milk stout. Maybe some slight dark fruit hints. Not as complex as one could have hoped. Cloyingly sweet finish, with an unpleasant burnt caramel/alcohol feel that leaves a really bad impression on the back of your mouth. I'm also getting some herbal feel on the back of the tongue, but it feels burnt with alcohol as well ad it does not bring enough balance to an overwhelmingly sweet finish

M- Not at all bad upfront, filling the mouth with a soft viscous feel and just the lightest hint of carbonation. As mentioned, really bad on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste with that unpleasant burnt feel. Plus, alcohol gets too much in the way

O- Appareance and smell were quite promising but the taste was a total letdown. This is an unbalanced beer, no fine brewing work here, and really not worth it's price

Photo of safaricook
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought it at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam. It was bottled on 05APR12 and therefore a few month short of a year old. I poured it into my Leute Bokbier glass, which is basically a wine glass without a stem. Let it warm up a bit before the pour. I had this one a couple of times and was always excited about it and finally got to review it.

Nice creamy looking beige head of a few fingers that reduces slowly leaving a thin layer and later only a rim, little lacing. It is dark as (Italian) coffee with some ruby shine when put into a strong light source

It smells of chocolate, malts, only little coffee and some booze.

Taste is of malt, little coffee, alcohol. Sourness from some dark fruits and malty sweetness is well balanced. Finishes sweet and a little bitterness.

Really smooth almost oily texture, with enough carbonation to keep it from being stale.

Perfect beer to end the day with. Very satisfying in taste, smell and mouthfeel. If you dig the style you have here a very fine example. My favorite beer from Brouwerij de Molen so far.

Photo of Sigmund
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

180 ml waxed bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Also sampled at Olympen, Oslo. ABV is 11%. Bitterness 92,9 EBU. Pitch black colour, no head, hardly any carbonation. Lovely vinous and roasty aroma, dark dried fruits, oak. Roasty flavour with oaky and vinous notes, distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. Good stuff!

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jan (from De Bierkoning) for hand delivering this Bottle #101. What an amazing porter; aroma was roasted malt with slight Smokey flavors, strong licorice, more alcohol aroma as it warmed. I had plenty of frothy brown head after the initial pour. Taste was outstanding for this porter; full-bodied with plenty of bitter chocolate, coffee, slight tobacco flavor with an oily feel; very drinkable considering how high the alcohol level. Can't wait to get some more of this stuff!

Photo of GoGriz
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rec'd this bottle in a recent trade from Jeff. Thanks for one of the coolest trades I've done to date man. Bottle number 0141...great presentation.

Appearance is pretty nice. It takes a gentle swirl to coax out a thicker head and its color ends up being a cinnamon, mocha tinted brown.
Smell is of milk chocolate and it is very distinct. Wow the nose matches the taste in the milk chocolate department. Other than that though the flavor is a bit one dimensional. Mouthfeel is like a chocolate shake and I like it. Not what I was expecting from this.

A really nice, somewhat simple beer that I know I'll crave in certain moods (which sucks as I may never have it again). I'm enjoying it thoroughly now!

This is the 2009 bottling. 18cl.

Photo of themind
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome, magnificent porter! I love this thing!!! deep dark color with a big head when poured into a goblet. The aroma is fresh and the taste is amazing. I really liked this beer. The downside is this 11.2 ounce brew was $11.00 bucks! so this is pricey. Would I buy again....yup since this was a gift lol! it's really good, very drinkable.

Bottom Line: Porter lovers grab this puppy and hold on tight!

Photo of jmscott
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly an outstanding beer. Has an incredibly unique spiciness and a very smooth taste. My only complaint is the lack of carbonation... ZERO. Perhaps I got a poor bottle, but the beer certainly didn't taste spoiled. This beer had no bubbles, no lacing, no legs, and tasted kinda flat, but was exceptional nontheless.

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Updated from a 4 'Had' score. Some age on this one - bottle date is 4-5-12, I also have had this fresh(er) in the past.

A - Dark brown with some clarity and red highlights. A large beige head forms on the pour falling to about a half-finger, great retention, not much lace.

S - Pretty nice and complex. Chocolate brownie, some roast and coffee, dark fruits, molasses, nutty malts; great balance with nothing overpowering anything else. Some slight oxidation shows itself but it adds to the flavor and doesn't really affect it negatively. Very smooth with no alcohol here whatsoever.

T - More dark fruit-forward here with kind of a port/cigar box feel. Nice balance of chocolate and roast (leaning more towards chocolate), caramel, toast, brown sugar, some licorice. Maybe some leafy hop in there.

M - Very, very smooth but not too hefty, maintains somewhat of a 'porter' feel rather than an imperial stout. Great high-ish carbonation, nice foaminess to it. Alcohol very well-hidden.

O - Other De Molen 'big dark' brews I've had have been nice but always somehow fell short of their potential through big sweetness, booziness, minimal carbonation, etc. This one avoids those pitfalls and delivers on all fronts. Definitely enjoyed it after some aging. Complex and incredibly smooth and drinkable, the 330ml solo was a little too easy.

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thimble sized pour from this tiny medicine dropper of a bottle that was dipped in red wax. Roughly a 3oz or so pour of this from a ~6oz nip into a 5oz mini snifter. With Kegatron along for the ride, we divulge this mysterious dark liquid. Obligatory bottle numbering system, this one was #46 in line. It appears a dark brown color with a faint hint of brown clarity around the edges. A swirl hardly provokes any lacing effect or bubbles from solution. A few spots and leggings of alcohol are noted on the glass.

The smell of this brew is unexpectedly herbal with hops, grass and sulfur. Some fruity alcohol aspects emerge reminescent of raisin, licorice and some tar-like notes. As it warms up, it gradually gets back in line with roasty elements if dark grain and bitter chocolate scents.

The taste is bitter with a dry roasty grain inclusion that is burnt tasting of char, tobacco and earth. Some raisony alcohol provides a faint sweetness. The tangy inclusion of alcohol mixes with the dry earthy elements to make for an unusual yet enjoyable experience. The more sips are taken, the more the alcohol seems to become integrated in the brew. All across the backend, are Belgian yeast influences mixed with some herbal hoppiness. Licorice last long into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Initially it is pretty bold with alcohol that tapers off and becomes more enjoyable. It also has a little bit of awkward flavors as aromas that seemingly burn of as the experience continues. Not a bad brew but also not something I would get terribly excited over getting to try again. The small format of this bottle was quite ample to get a feel for.

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Tsarina Esra from Brouwerij De Molen
93 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.